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Student at Nashville School of the Arts Arrested for Disseminating Shooting Threat



Specialized Investigations Division (SID) detectives today arrested a 16-year-old sophomore at Nashville School of the Arts on Foster Avenue for sending an alarming text message to several students on Tuesday threatening a shooting at the school.

The teenager has been booked at juvenile detention on a charge of making a false report of an emergency, a felony.

The text message warned students that they had 20 minutes to leave the property or the school would be shot up.

Despite the female student’s efforts to mask the source of the threat, SID detectives deployed cyber investigative techniques that led to the identification of her cell phone as the one used to create the message.

This is the second arrest of its kind in Nashville this week. On Tuesday, a 13-year-old male student at Bellevue Middle School was charged with making a false report of an emergency after the student was identified as making verbal threats to other students concerning a shooting.

The MNPD takes threats directed at schools very seriously and works diligently to identify those responsible so that charges can be placed.